The dream is to give Plymouth’s historic waterfront a makeover in time for the town’s 400th anniversary in 2020. But the Water Street Promenade Project may remain on the drawing board for a while.
Opponents narrowly defeated a $17 million funding proposal at Town Meeting in October. Fearing the loss of a state grant and amid questions about the vote count, selectmen called for another Town Meeting on Wednesday to reconsider the question.
Then, in recent days, Plymouth learned it would not be receiving a separate state sea wall reconstruction grant — dashing the town’s hopes of gaining 20 percent of the project’s total cost from state funding.
The town had already received a $1.7 million economic development grant, but needed the sea wall grant as well to reach 20 percent. That was the threshold selectmen set as a condition for supporting the project.
It’s now up to Town Meeting to decide what happens next.
If your cravings for cheese intensify with the cold, satisfy them Thursday at 3:30 p.m when the Cheese Shop of Concord holds its annual parade heralding the arrival of a giant wheel of Crucolo cheese from Trentino, Italy. Watch as a team of Belgian draft horses hauls the 400-pound cheese through Concord Center in a cart, accompanied by music and dancing while onlookers wave Italian flags. Then, have a taste. For details, go to www.concordcheeseshop.com.
As the nights grow longer, look on the bright side — by contemplating the stars. The Unicorn Singers and the Broad Cove Chorale will hold a concert titled “Follow the Star!” on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Lutheran House of Prayer, 916 Main St., Hingham and Sunday at 4 p.m. at First Parish Cohasset, 23 North Main St., Cohasset. The journey of the Magi, the Christmas star, and other mysteries of the night sky will be explored through music and readings. For ticket information, go to www.bcc-us.org.
This weekend you can also enjoy Newburyport Choral Society’s winter concert, “The Rose and the Night Star.” More than 180 singers, soloists, and orchestra members will perform “Christmas Oratario” by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, along with holiday favorites. The Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus also will appear. Performances are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport. For ticket details, go to www.newburyportchoralsociety.org.Leslie Anderson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.